Another subdivision for Murwillumbah
ANOTHER housing subdivision and a new industrial estate in Murwillumbah high- light a need to upgrade the town's transport links, according to Tweed Economic Development Corporation chief Tom Senti. The Stockland group on Monday announced it would develop a 300-lot subdivision on 44 hectares zoned for urban development, after Metricon launched its Riva Vue housing estate at Murwillumbah ear- lier this year. Stockland general manager Mark Hunter said in a statement: "The opening of the Tugun bypass in mid 2008 and recent announcements about significant new business-park and development projects in Murwillumbah will generate thousands of jobs and solid population growth, underpinning continued demand for housing in the region in the years to come. "We will create a new resi- dential community catering for a diverse range of buyers, --------------- --------------- with a range of lot sizes and affordable price ranges to satisfy customer needs. "We expect to be in a posi- tion to bring the project to the market by the end of 2008." Finalisation of Tweed Shire Council approvals for Mur- willumbah's 56-hectare Indus- --------------- --------------- try Central industrial park by Gold Coast developer Peter Mitchell is expected before the end of this year. Mr Senti yesterday said Murwillumbah had been a "sleeping giant" among the Tweed's growth centres, but the new housing and indus- --------------- --------------- trial estates showed the giant was awakening. "It was inevitable we'd see this sort of 'tree-change' growth in and around Mur- willumbah," Mr Senti said. He said growth pressures were being addressed in Tweed Shire Council's Mur- willumbah master plan due early next year. It was vital the master plan, part of an update of the Tweed's key future planning strategic document, the Local Environment Plan, addressed transport issues, he said. Metricon's Riva Vue stage one comprises 26 lots ranging from 677 square metres to 1147 square metres, with prices from $190,000. Riva Vue project manager Frank Galvin said he had re- ceived numerous inquiries from potential purchasers prior to the development be- ing officially released to the market. Riva Vue marketing agent Terry Papadopoulas said the Tugun bypass would encour- age more commuting to and from the Gold Coast.